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  • BR woman accused of scamming elderly Plaquemine residents

    November 11, 2015 3:27 PM

    PLAQUEMINE – Police say a Baton Rouge woman has been arrested in the city of Plaquemine for scamming elderly residents of their money. Police say Latesha Rogers, 37, called an elderly victim in Plaquemine claiming that the victim won $3 million but would have to pay taxes before getting... more »
  • Livingston Parish man arrested for contractor fraud, theft

    October 29, 2015 5:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Attorney General’s Office says a Livingston Parish contractor has been arrested for theft, fraud and forgery. 46-year-old James Brewer, of Denham Springs, was taken into custody Tuesday and charged with one count each of felony theft, residential contractor fraud and forgery. He was booked into... more »
  • Consumer alert issued as chip-and-pin credit/debit card rollout begins

    October 22, 2015 12:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Attorney General’s Office issued an alert Thursday as consumers are beginning the process of waving goodbye to swipe-and-sign credit cards and moving on to new chip-based credit and debit cards. According to Attorney General James “Buddy” Caldwell, the switch is well underway nationwide and will be... more »
  • Amazon sues review sellers in salvo against bogus reviewers

    October 19, 2015 12:34 PM

    SEATTLE - Amazon is suing more than 1,000 people for advertising their services writing fake reviews for as little as $5 as it seeks to crack down on bogus reviews on its site. The complaint filed in Washington State Superior Court marks the latest effort by the online powerhouse to... more »
  • Man pleads guilty in film tax credit scam that cost taxpayers $1.2 million

    October 14, 2015 2:25 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Department of Justice reported a man accused in a motion picture tax credit scam and costing Louisiana taxpayers $1.2 million pleaded guilty on Tuesday. 38-year-old Matthew Keith was sentenced to six months in federal prison and ordered to pay $1,200,000 in restitution to the state.... more »
  • Siding business owner accused of fraud check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    October 5, 2015 3:33 PM

    BAKER - Authorities accused a siding business owner Monday of swindling several elderly Baker residents out of hundreds of thousands of dollars. Baker Police Chief Mike Knapps said his officers arrested 63-year-old Tanweer Bhatti, owner of Southern Siding Company, for fraud and theft of assets from aged persons. ... more »
  • Ex-Zulu queen pleads guilty in Medicare fraud scheme

    October 2, 2015 5:20 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A New Orleans businesswoman who once served as queen of the historic Zulu organization has pleaded guilty in federal court in what prosecutors said was a fraud scheme that cost the Medicare program $30 million. The U.S. Attorney's Office says 52-two-year-old Lisa Crinel entered the guilty... more »
  • Attorney General warns of credit repair scams in wake of big arrests

    September 24, 2015 3:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Attorney General's Office issued a consumer warning Thursday about credit repair scams in the wake of two arrests of individuals behind a national financial fraud scheme in Baton Rouge. Attorney General James "Buddy" Caldwell said consumers looking to get their credit back on track should... more »
  • Fraud suspect from BR focus of ABC News report

    September 23, 2015 11:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE - More than a month before he was arrested and accused in a national identity theft scheme, Donald Batiste was the focus of an ABC News investigation about the very scheme the Louisiana Attorney General accuses him of leading. "They're not telling the truth," Batiste said of... more »
  • Second arrest made in elaborate fraud scheme

    September 23, 2015 3:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Authorities arrested a second person in connection with an elaborate financial fraud scheme involving more than 300 cases of identity theft and more than $5 million in fraud according to the Attorney General's Office. AG Buddy Caldwell said 64-year-old Brenda Taylor of Carencro was arrested late... more »
  • Man sought for card fraud at game store

    September 21, 2015 12:04 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Police released a photo of a man who almost went on a spending spree recently with a fake card at a video game store in Baton Rouge. Police said on Aug. 25 the man tried to buy about $436 worth of merchandise from the GameStop on... more »
  • Former Baton Rouge rehab worker pleads guilty to Medicaid fraud

    September 4, 2015 8:31 AM

    BATON ROUGE- A former director of a Baton Rouge rehabilitation and detoxification treatment center admitted in federal court that she surreptitiously used patient information to obtain and distribute thousands of prescription medications. U.S. Attorney Walt Green said in a news release that 49-year-old Shanta Barnes also obtained Medicaid reimbursements for... more »
  • Randy Anny, wife plead not guilty to fraud, conspiracy check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    September 3, 2015 12:49 PM

    SORRENTO - A Sorrento Council member and his wife pleaded not guilty to federal charges they illegally claimed thousands of dollars of Gulf oil spill recovery money. Randy Anny and his wife Barbara entered their pleas in federal court in Baton Rouge Thursday morning. They both face charges of... more »
  • Credit card skimmer removed from Airline Hwy gas station pump check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    September 1, 2015 3:06 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Inspectors with the Department of Agriculture report a credit card skimmer was found during routine inspection rounds at a gas station in Baton Rouge. Officials say they located the device Monday, but are uncertain how long it was attached to the pump, which is located at... more »
  • LSP warns people who feel generous in the wake of trooper's murder check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    August 25, 2015 11:15 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana State Troopers Association warned people about online fundraisers that have shown up following the murder of a trooper this week. The agency said it is hard to follow the money trail. Already, some have raised thousands of dollars. Trooper Steven Vincent was shot... more »
  • Police identify suspect connected to Walker credit card fraud

    August 20, 2015 12:04 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Police in McComb, Miss. have identified one of the suspects who police say stole credit card information from a Walker man and made fraudulent purchases at a Mississippi Walmart. Investigators identified Bradley J Boudreaux, 32, of Mamou, La., as the suspect shown in security footage wearing... more »
  • Head Start employees investigated for fraud check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    August 19, 2015 8:04 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Eighty-one Head Start employees were paid $110,978 in unemployment benefits while employed, according to a city-parish internal audit. Officials say most the over payments were accidental, but some individuals are being investigated for fraud. The over-payments occurred during a three year period from 2012 to 2014.... more »
  • Police say woman 'betrayed' elderly to buy luxury car

    August 19, 2015 11:55 AM

    GONZALES - Police arrested a 23-year-old Gonzales woman after they said she stole an elderly woman's personal information and used it buy a luxury car. Police charged Brelle Ford with one count of bank fraud and one count of felony identity theft. Investigators said Ford used false information... more »
  • Walker man victim of Mississippi credit card fraud

    August 18, 2015 12:11 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Police in McComb, Mississippi are looking to identify two men who stole the credit card information of a Walker resident, using it to make several fraudulent purchases at a Walmart store in their area. Investigators say the victim was contacted by his bank, a Capital One... more »
  • Oil spill fraud charges against Sorrento councilman, wife

    August 6, 2015 3:56 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A Sorrento city council member and his wife have been indicted on federal charges alleging fraud in a claim for damages resulting from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. A Thursday news release from Baton Rouge-based U.S. Attorney Walt Green says Randy Anny and Barbara... more »
  • Two Baton Rouge women wanted for bank fraud

    July 28, 2015 5:02 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Baton Rouge Police are looking for two women accused of bank fraud and theft. Police say Jontell Poole and Geneal Shavers went to the Pelican State Credit Union in June and deposited three checks worth about $1,350. According to police the checks were written from Poole's... more »
  • AG warns of donation scams after shooting

    July 26, 2015 3:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State officials warned people in Louisiana to be careful when making donations in the wake of a deadly shooting at the Grand Theatre in Lafayette. The Attorney General's Office said whenever tragedies like Thursday night's shooting occur, scams to take advantage of people who want to... more »
  • 2 Baton Rouge-area women accused of Medicaid fraud

    July 7, 2015 8:00 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Two Baton Rouge-area women have been booked with Medicaid fraud. State Attorney General Buddy Caldwell said in a news release Monday that the women allegedly claimed services that were never rendered. Caldwell said 55-year-old Beatrice Scott, of Springfield, allegedly filed 149 false claims, billing Medicaid for $8,500. She... more »
  • Former healthcare executive pleads guilty to stealing over $200,000

    July 1, 2015 12:54 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A former healthcare executive from Gonzales pleaded guilty Wednesday to embezzling more than $200,000 from nursing homes throughout Louisiana and Arkansas. The Department of Justice says 36-year-old Travis Templet was convicted of engaging in a wire fraud scheme to defraud a non-profit health care organization. ... more »
  • Prairieville woman arrested for tax fraud, theft

    June 26, 2015 7:46 AM

    BATON ROUGE- A Prairieville woman has been arrested on dozens of felony charges for a criminal scheme that yielded tens of thousands of dollars in fraudulent state income tax refunds. The state Department of Revenue, in a news release, said Heather Dixon was booked Thursday on 20 counts each of... more »
  • 1 convicted, 1 charged in ongoing federal check fraud case

    May 30, 2015 12:59 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A federal prosecutor in Baton Rouge says one man has been convicted and another indicted in a $4 million fraud scheme involving U.S. Treasury checks. In a Friday news release, U.S. Attorney Walt Green said the scheme took place in 2012 and 2013. Green said 26-year-old Albelk... more »
  • Man wanted for fraud may be traveling I-10 corridor

    May 18, 2015 4:40 PM

    COVINGTON - Authorities in numerous states are on alert, after a man wanted for fraud was seen along I-10. Deputies in the Tampa Bay area are looking for James Charlton Davis, III, 56. Investigators said Davis uses online dating sites to meet women around his age and tricks them... more »
  • DCFS investigating SNAP fraud after storms check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    May 8, 2015 4:32 PM

    NEW IBERIA - State family services officials said Friday they're investigating possible food benefits fraud in Iberia Parish after recent severe weather. Secretary Suzy Sonnier with the Department of Children and Family Services said people who lost power during the April 27 storms could get replacement money from the... more »
  • 1 arrested, 10 wanted in $1.2 million identity theft scheme

    April 28, 2015 7:24 PM

    SHREVEPORT - Authorities say 10 employees of a Texas cable contractor and a former Comcast worker are accused of using at least 1,200 Comcast customers' personal information to open 3,600 fraudulent cable accounts in northwest Louisiana. Caddo Parish, Louisiana, Sheriff Steve Prator says the scheme cost Comcast, RMH Cable of... more »
  • Hammond doctor pleads guilty in Medicare fraud scheme

    April 23, 2015 3:59 PM

    NEW ORLEANS- The U.S. Justice Department says a doctor from Hammond has pleaded guilty in a multi-million dollar Medicare fraud scheme. Sixty-two-year-old Winston Murray, the operator of a Hammond clinic, pleaded guilty Thursday before U.S. District Judge Sarah Vance in New Orleans. Murray admitted writing home health care referrals for... more »
  • Sentencing panel adjusts penalties for economic crimes

    April 9, 2015 2:49 PM

    WASHINGTON - The U.S. Sentencing Commission has voted to adopt changes to the guidelines that judges use in sentencing white-collar criminals. The changes approved Thursday affect sentences in fraud cases. They're designed in part to ensure that minor participants in fraud schemes are given different sentences than the crimes' ringleaders.... more »
  • Monroe grocery store owner pleads guilty to benefits fraud

    April 3, 2015 11:44 AM

    MONROE - A Monroe grocery store owner has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to provide cash and ineligible items to SNAP and WIC recipients in exchange for their benefits. U.S. Attorney Stephanie Finley said 60-year-old Allen Woods, of Monroe, pleaded guilty Thursday to one count of criminal conspiracy and one count... more »
  • New Orleans woman pleads not guilty to Medicare fraud

    April 2, 2015 10:39 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A New Orleans woman has pleaded not guilty to charges her home health care company bilked Medicare for millions of dollars in fraudulent services. Lisa Crinel entered her plea Thursday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael North. Prosecutors allege Crinel's Abide Home Care Services operated a kickback scheme... more »
  • Ex-FBI agent sentenced to 10 years in Afghan scheme

    March 30, 2015 4:19 PM

    SALT LAKE CITY - A former FBI agent accused of derailing a fraud investigation by making a suspect appear to be a key counterintelligence source has been sentenced to 10 years. Retired New York agent Robert Lustyik Jr. was sentenced Monday in Salt Lake City. Federal Judge Tena Campbell said... more »
  • Authorities: Woman who posed as lawyer almost became partner

    March 27, 2015 1:23 PM

    PITTSBURGH - Authorities say a Pennsylvania woman used forged documents to pretend to be a lawyer for a decade and was in line to be named partner when her fraud was discovered. Forty-five-year-old Kimberly Kitchen, of James Creek, was charged Thursday with forgery and unauthorized practice of law. The attorney... more »
  • State begins processing tax returns; refunds coming

    March 2, 2015 10:24 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The state has started issuing state tax refunds, it announced Monday. Refunds were withheld for about two weeks so the state could more thoroughly screen tax returns in light of fraudulent returns being filed across the country The Department of Revenue originally said it would not... more »
  • Couple charged with defrauding Medicaid

    February 27, 2015 3:33 AM

    BAKER - The state attorney general says a Baker couple has been arrested on charges of allegedly conspiring to defraud the state's Medicaid program of more than $400,000. Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell says 41-year-old Shonda Augustus was arrested Feb. 4 and her husband, 36-year-old Melvin Williams, was arrested Tuesday.... more »
  • Another tax preparer arrested for tax fraud

    February 27, 2015 3:31 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A Harvey woman is accused of falsifying information on her own tax return and those of clients of her tax preparation business. State revenue officials, in a news release Thursday, said Lisa Adams allegedly submitted state tax returns for Omega Tax Services clients containing false business losses.... more »
  • Some charges dropped against Livingston contractor

    February 19, 2015 11:23 PM

    LIVINGSTON - Some charges against contractor Corey Delahoussaye were dropped Thursday. Delahoussaye is accused of over-billing Livingston Parish for work related to Hurricane Gustav clean up. Twenty-two of the 81 counts against him were dropped by the district attorney in the area. The dropped charges are related to... more »
  • Warrant issued for man accused in voter fraud scheme check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    February 11, 2015 4:19 PM

    PORT ALLEN- A bench warrant was issued today for a man accused in a voter fraud scheme as recalled Mayor Deedy Slaughter tried to keep her seat. Today, the entire case was turned over to the District Attorney's office. Last week, Larry Profit was taken out of the courthouse... more »
  • State reports flood of false tax returns check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    February 6, 2015 1:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana revenue officials said they've discovered more than 2,000 attempts to file fraudulent tax returns through popular tax software this year. The Department of Revenue said 2,011 returns filed through Intuit / TurboTax have been filed as fraudulent. "To our knowledge, our systems at the... more »
  • Man charged for thousands in fraud

    January 31, 2015 4:03 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A Virginia man faces felony charges in Louisiana for allegedly stealing thousands in illegally obtained state income tax refunds. Charles Lawrence Fisher, of Palmyra, Virginia, is accused of submitting Louisiana individual income tax returns in the names of two unsuspecting Louisiana residents and directing the refunds to... more »
  • Woman accused in prison tax fraud scheme

    January 16, 2015 10:57 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Authorities filed charges against a New Orleans woman who's accused of filing false state tax returns for a number of people, including some prison inmates. Investigators charged Thelma Jean Lee with multiple felonies for filing 38 faked tax returns and getting thousands of dollars in refunds... more »
  • Professor among 4 fired in UNC academic fraud

    December 31, 2014 12:33 PM

    RALEIGH, N.C. - The University of North Carolina's top official says the Chapel Hill school is firing a professor who once led the faculty there for her role in the academic fraud scandal that's rocked the state's flagship public university. University Chancellor Carol Folt said in a letter Wednesday that... more »
  • US: Man pleads guilty in oil spill fraud case

    December 4, 2014 10:21 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A LaPlace man has pleaded guilty to fraud in connection with claims arising from the 2010 Gulf oil spill. U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite's office says 33-year-old Charlie English pleaded guilty Wednesday to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud. Prosecutors said English worked as... more »
  • Lafayette man arrested in benefits fraud

    November 25, 2014 5:56 AM

    LAFAYETTE - State police say a 47-year-old Lafayette man, who collected more than $83,000 in disability benefits, is accused of operating two businesses out of his home at a time when he claimed he had no income. During their investigation, state police say it was discovered that 47-year-old Alan Jude... more »
  • Hammond man sentenced for stolen identity refund fraud

    November 20, 2014 2:26 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A Hammond man accused of stealing identities to file bogus tax returns was sentenced to more than two year in prison on Thursday morning. 32-year-old Darrell Harland was ordered to pay more than $65,000 in restitution to the I.R.S. and sentenced to 32 months in prison... more »
  • 2 sentenced in $258 million Medicare fraud scheme

    November 1, 2014 5:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. - The U.S. Justice Department says the operator of community health centers in Baton Rouge and a patient recruiter for a community mental health center in Houston have been sentenced in a $258 million Medicare fraud scheme. The sentences were handed down Friday in federal court in... more »
  • Former Bossier Parish sheriff, 2 others indicted

    September 25, 2014 7:35 AM

    SHREVEPORT - A federal grand jury has indicted former Bossier Parish Sheriff Larry Deen and two owners of Blakey Auto Plex LLC in connection with an alleged scheme to enrich themselves through their handling of a public vehicle. U.S. Attorney Stephanie Finley says the indictment lists Deen and co-defendants Clinton... more »
  • Justice Dept. seeks new tool against data fraud

    September 12, 2014 3:20 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Justice Department officials are pressing Congress for a new law to help them prosecute criminals overseas who traffic in stolen credit cards. It's part of an effort to combat an increasingly lucrative crime that crosses national boundaries. Authorities say the current law is too weak because it... more »
  • Ex-Virginia gov., wife guilty of public corruption

    September 4, 2014 2:28 PM

    RICHMOND, VA - A jury has convicted former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, of corruption, fraud and bribery, after the couple accepted more than $165,000 of gifts and loans from a businessman. Both Bob and Maureen bowed heads and wept as a chorus of "guilty" kept coming... more »
  • Man wanted for contractor fraud charges

    September 3, 2014 4:41 PM

    ST. MARTINVILLE - Police are on the search for a man accused of fraud with contractor fraud this summer. St. Martin Parish Sheriff's Office are looking for Neal Joseph Laperouse, 51, for taking money from two clients without performing the work. Investigators say Laperouse also has warrants for... more »
  • Psychiatrist sentenced in Medicare fraud case

    August 26, 2014 3:29 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Federal authorities say a Louisiana psychiatrist has been sentenced to more than seven years in prison for his role in a Medicare fraud scheme. The Justice Department says Dr. Zahid Imran was sentenced Monday for his role in the $258 million scheme. The department says the scheme... more »
  • 3 Monroe women plead guilty in fraud scheme

    August 21, 2014 11:52 AM

    MONROE - Three Monroe grocery store workers have pleaded guilty for their roles in a scheme to exchange SNAP and WIC benefits to customers for cash and ineligible items. U.S. Attorney Stephanie A. Finley said Wednesday 27-year-old Angela Woods, of Monroe, pleaded guilty to one count of criminal conspiracy before... more »
  • Beauty queen busted for being a fraud

    August 13, 2014 7:50 PM

    RIVERSIDE, CALIFORNIA- A woman who was videotaped walking the runway in a beauty pageant was busted for fraud because she was collecting workers' comp benefits after claiming she had a broken toe. The California State Department of Insurance says Shawna Lynn Palmer claimed she broke her toe while working... more »
  • Police: Woman used dead sister's ID at hospital

    August 13, 2014 4:14 PM

    SLIDELL - Police arrested a Slidell woman after they said she used her dead sister's identity to get free medical attention. Detectives said Diondre Jones, 26, checked into Slidell Memorial Hospital under the name of her late sister, Delores Jones. Police said she also gave hospital staff her deceased... more »
  • Deputies accuse 3 of food stamp fraud

    August 7, 2014 4:42 PM

    SLIDELL - Sheriff's deputies in St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office said they arrested three people accused of unauthorized use of food stamps after an investigation by the state Department of Children and Family Services. Each of the suspects concealed information about their household during the application process in order... more »
  • Woman says neighbor stole her electricity check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    June 27, 2014 7:08 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A woman living in North Baton Rouge says she's the victim of electricity fraud. Michelle Williams owes more than $1,000 to Entergy. Bills she can't pay because of her fixed income. "Stressed and depressed. That about sums it up, stressed and depressed," she said about... more »
  • Another DCFS auditor pleads guilty

    June 20, 2014 6:36 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A second auditor from the Louisiana Department of Children Family Services has pleaded guilty in a fraud case that bilked the department of thousands in federal funds. U.S. Attorney Walt Green said Friday in a news release that 38-year-old Kaneasha Goston, of Baton Rouge, pleaded guilty Thursday... more »
  • Handyman nailed in fraud investigation check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    June 16, 2014 9:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Police arrested a 41-year-old handyman and charged him with home improvement fraud and felony theft. Investigators say Marland Hunter, 41, accepted money up front for jobs he either only halfway completed or never fully started. Hunter was arrested last Friday in connection with a job he... more »
  • Man convicted of multi-million dollar Medicare fraud

    June 12, 2014 3:56 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The U.S. Attorney's Office said a federal jury convicted a man behind a multi-million dollar Medicare fraud scheme Thursday. The jury returned a unanimous verdict of guilty for Ahaoma Ohia, 60, on seven counts of wire fraud. Prosecutors said Ohia defrauded Medicare of several million... more »
  • Third DCFS auditor faces federal fraud charges

    June 12, 2014 3:13 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The U.S. Attorney's Office in Baton Rouge said a third DCFS auditor has been charged with federal program fraud on Thursday. Corey Polk, 33, allegedly signed off on fraudulent reimbursement requests and split the money with his supervisor. Polk is also accused of the fraudulent... more »
  • 9 charged in Zachary Medicaid fraud scheme

    June 9, 2014 12:44 PM

    ZACHARY - The Louisiana Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit said on Monday they have charged nine people in connection with a Medicaid fraud scheme. The charges come after the AG's Office said an audit of Zachary-based Medicaid provider, Empowering Care Services, LLC, revealed the company had improperly billed... more »
  • Local women among 15 sentenced for DCFS fraud

    June 9, 2014 12:17 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Individuals from Denham Springs and New Roads were among the 15 convicted of receiving more than $116,000 in ineligible benefits after an investigation by the Department of Children and Family Services. All of the convicted individuals were charged with falsely reporting household composition or income to... more »
  • Five accused of hurricane benefits fraud

    June 6, 2014 11:43 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Sheriff's deputies arrested five people recently who are accused of using dead relatives or other false information to get public assistance following Hurricane Isaac in 2012. East Baton Rouge Sheriff's deputies arrested 27-year-old Sarah Sonnier of Baton Rouge, 57-year-old Louvanna Pope of Baker, 55-year-old Juanita Russell... more »
  • Dancing hamster fraud

    June 4, 2014 8:11 PM

    LOS ANGELES- Disability fraud charges were filed against a man who played a dancing hamster in a Kia car commercial and who was a backup dancer for Madonna. The California Department of Insurance says Leroy Barnes of Los Angeles collected $51,000 in workers compensation payments. Barnes is 27... more »
  • Olah formally sentenced for Powerhouse Gym fraud

    May 29, 2014 4:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A federal judge formally sentenced one of the organizers of the defunct Powerhouse Gym in Baton Rouge for their part in a fraud to get money for the business. District Judge James Brady sentenced Ronald Olah, 35, to eight months in a halfway house and two... more »
  • State police warn of phone scam

    May 20, 2014 11:54 AM

    BATON ROUGE - State troopers are cautioning the public about a phone scam fraudulently using the authority of the Louisiana State Police in an effort to obtain money from victims. An LSP spokesperson said citizens have complained of impersonators contacting them by name on their home or cell phones... more »
  • $250K fine for lying on health insurance forms

    May 16, 2014 2:37 PM

    WASHINGTON - Lying to the federal health insurance man could cost you dearly. The Obama administration Friday spelled out civil fines of up to $250,000 for knowingly and willfully providing false information to get taxpayer-subsidized coverage under the new health care law. New regulations say the fines also apply for... more »
  • IRS paid at least $13B in improper tax credits

    May 13, 2014 12:44 PM

    WASHINGTON - A government investigator says the Internal Revenue Service paid more than $13 billion in tax credits last year to people who may not have qualified. The Earned Income Tax Credits were supposed to go to low-income working families. The agency's inspector general issued a report Tuesday saying the... more »
  • New Orleans tax preparer arrested for fraud

    April 17, 2014 3:48 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A New Orleans woman has been arrested for allegedly defrauding the state of more than $900,000 through the filing of false tax returns. The state Department of Revenue said Thursday that 28-year-old Kenshika Jiles was arrested Wednesday and booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on... more »
  • Some LSU campus McDonald's fraud refunds online

    April 10, 2014 6:58 AM

    BATON ROUGE - State Treasurer John Kennedy says 3,900 former Louisiana State University students can get refunds online for money lost to employee fraud at a McDonald's on campus. He says LSU asked his department to help return the money to alumni and former students. Campus police said in March... more »
  • Federal charges added for DCFS director

    April 9, 2014 1:29 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Department of Justice filed federal charges today against a DCFS audit director already facing state-level charges he misused department funds. U. S. Attorney Walt Green filed a bill of information to charge Delrice Augustus with federal program fraud. If convicted, he faces up to 10... more »
  • Multiple agencies investigating Port Allen voter fraud

    March 28, 2014 10:36 PM

    PORT ALLEN - An investigation involving voter fraud in Port Allen has roped in the District Attorney's Office, the West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office and the Secretary of State's Office. The Sheriff's Office told News Two, hundreds of people faxed a request to vote for Port Allen mayor... more »
  • Investigative Unit: Sheriff investigating possible voter fraud in Port Allen

    March 28, 2014 4:44 PM

    PORT ALLEN- Less than a week before voters head to the polls to elect a Mayor in Port Allen, the West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office and the Secretary of State's Office have launched an investigation into possible voter fraud, WBRZ News 2 Chief Investigator Chris Nakamoto has learned. ... more »
  • LSU reimbursing students affected by fast food scam check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    March 27, 2014 7:01 AM

    BATON ROUGE - LSU Police arrested four fast food workers recently in connection with a scheme to overcharge university students who paid for meals at the student union McDonald's with a school-issued card. Investigators said records showed at least $31,000 in overcharges were made while the scheme went on,... more »
  • State restricts where EBT purchases can be made

    March 20, 2014 11:28 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The state banned the use of EBT cards at various stores, mostly ones that do not primarily sell food and are mainly for amusement. "The rule is aimed at preventing electronic benefit transfer (EBT) transactions at specific types of stores, vendors and establishments which sell goods or... more »
  • Walking veteran called a fraud check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    March 18, 2014 6:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE - As Mac McQuown walked to the steps of Capitol today, he expected to meet some friends, show his patriotism, and raise awareness about homeless veterans, but what he got was a confrontation with an angry veteran. "He's a fraud," said the man who did not want... more »
  • Investigators: man arrested for writing fraudulent insurance quotes

    February 28, 2014 11:37 PM

    SORRENTO- An insurance quote for the town's police force was fraudulent and the man who wrote it was arrested, according to an arrest warrant obtained by WBRZ News 2 Friday. Henry Beard, Jr. faces acts prohibited charges. Investigators said he kept doing insurance work, illegally, after he lost his... more »
  • More food stamp users disqualified after misuse check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    February 28, 2014 5:28 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State officials said more people have been disqualified from the food stamps program due to abuse during an outage last fall, bringing the total up to 13. The Department of Child and Family Services said they're still going after 500 of the most extreme cases of... more »
  • AG: Fraud cases difficult in food stamp misuse

    February 28, 2014 3:11 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Attorney General Buddy Caldwell says it would be hard to prosecute fraud cases against Louisiana residents who overspent food stamp limits during a computer crash last October. Caldwell said Friday there's no evidence of who presented the food stamp card, and he says no stores complained about the... more »
  • Zachary woman arrested for Medicaid fraud

    February 28, 2014 12:03 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A Zachary woman has been arrested for defrauding the state's Medicaid program. 36 year old Sekari Washington Davis is accused of fraud and theft, along with laundering more than $100,000 through her Baton Rouge personal care agency. The arrest came from a joint investigation involving... more »

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